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Thread: Rumor of Light Sport Weight Limit Change

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    Quote Originally Posted by Floatsflyer View Post
    I don't get the raison d'Ítre for any of this. Why is EAA trying to create a solution for which there is no problem.
    There is a HUGE problem with current LSA specs, and that is that the useful load at 1320 gross is not enough to make the airplane very usable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kenryan View Post
    There is a HUGE problem with current LSA specs, and that is that the useful load at 1320 gross is not enough to make the airplane very usable.
    A Flight Design CTLS, Tecnam P2008 and some of the other "egg" LSA's are pretty nice planes. Can fly faster and farther and in more comfort than a 152.

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    A new egg: $150,000+

    A decent 152: $25,000

    The difference can buy a lot of omelets (or fuel, insurance, etc).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam Buchanan View Post
    A new egg: $150,000+

    A decent 152: $25,000

    The difference can buy a lot of omelets (or fuel, insurance, etc).
    You certainly don't have to spend upwards of $100K to get a very nice newer LSA. A good used RV-12 ELSA with low hours and autopilot can be had for $60K if you shop around a little. The speed difference can get you to that fly-in breakfast before the pancakes are all gone. Our operating cost is about $35 per hour wet, including engine overhaul reserve.
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    The argument was LSA specs and 1320# gross is too restrictive to build a usable airplane.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kenryan View Post
    There is a HUGE problem with current LSA specs, and that is that the useful load at 1320 gross is not enough to make the airplane very usable.
    Depends on what use one wants to use an aircraft for. Lots of people love their Champs and Cubs even though they're not very "useful."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Giger View Post
    Depends on what use one wants to use an aircraft for. Lots of people love their Champs and Cubs even though they're not very "useful."
    Yeah. Being able to haul myself, wife, 60 lbs of stuff and 3:45 of fuel with a 45 min reserve at 115kts in my S-LSA must not be considered 'useful'.

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    Still I think it gets down to spending upwards of $100,000 for what is essentially an "adult toy" is unreasonable for most folks.
    If God had intended man to fly He would have given us more money!

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    IMHO the Sport Pilot Certificate was designed to get folks in the air for the fun of being in the air. Then those who get this certifiacte want to use it as a Private Pilot would use his certifiacte. That is to commute for one state to the bext hauling his wife and enough cloths for a few day stay somewhere. Now these people doing this want an airplane that is more like the GA aircraft to fly using their Sport Pilot Certificate. If the mission stayed at flying for the fun of it, there would be no need for higher weight limits, IMHO. If you want to fly a 172 get a PP ticket.

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